Replaced 4 window shades and fixed one window sash cord today. Feeling very home ownerish today. Before (right) and after (left) pics if they are not obvious which is which.

Rain on a street
Another rainstorm


What a strange summer.

While it hasn’t rained every single day, it seems like it has. While this is good for the grass and for our somewhat successful garden, it is not good for the humans. We have to plan taking the dog out with more care and protecting the dog from the scary lightning. We also need to work much harder to find time for walking which we love to do together. I have personally found it very difficult to find time to mow the lawn, weed the gardens, and generally take care of our large property. And while we are living with nearly perpetually damp soil and a very full river, the west is burning up with rain nowhere in sight.

What a strange summer indeed.

Ro drinking a red ale
Suzanne with a brown ale
Me with a local IPA
Socially distanced music appreciation

Enjoyed a beer or two at our closest brewery with my wife and mother in law. Good brews and nice music.

18

My stepson turned 18 recently. His idea of a great meal is sushi. Fortunately, that is also the favorite for both my wife and I. Our favorite place has our very favorite waitress, Maggie. We tip well because she’s the best waitress ever. The food was delicious as always!

Noah – the newest 18 year old
Sushi!
More sushi!
The best tuna around. Melt in your mouth delicious!
Relaxing in the spring sun

We are finally getting in the groove with our pup. Raine is a wonderful dog that needs special care. She is incredibly skittish, likely based on time long before we adopted her. We can only guess that she was kicked, never petted, not overly fed, and probably left out in the cold. She has finally started to relax, almost cuddling and wanting to use her paws to grab our hands to pet her more. Today, she finally “kissed” me with a lick that she had never done before. She “kisses” her mom but I was a no-go until today. They say it takes an adopted dog 3 days to get used to the house, 3 weeks to get used to the people, and 3 months to feel at home. I think it takes longer and Raine is finally home and feeling at home. Puppy love.

We added this lovely rescue named Raine to our family this week. Sweet as can be and coming out of her shell over the first five days. Raine is a quiet, Mountain Cur mix from TN that came through Big Fluffy Dogs Rescue (BFDR) and picked up in NJ on Tuesday. Lots of love for this gal!

Got the chance to see another ISS pass. It was just a 5 minute pass, start to finish, with actual visibility here of about 2 minutes. But, it ’s in space and it’s easy to see that I think it’s cool every time I see her!

Annual pre-winter driveway cleanup of grass that has creeped over the asphalt. Straight lines make snow blowing much easier!

Longest bike ride in years. Simsbury, Connecticut to Rt 57 in Massachusetts

Replacing window sash cords. First window took two hours. The second window, under 30 minutes. Thank you You Tube and “This Old House” replays!

Steve Alexander